Al Bateen Executive Airport, the Middle East’s exclusive private aviation airport in Abu Dhabi is taking the opportunity to introduce its new management team to the business aviation fraternity at MEBA 2010 this week (Stand No C600).
Vice President, Mohammed A Al Bulooki and newly appointed General Manager Steve Jones, former Managing Director of London Oxford Airport, UK, together with other senior team members, will be talking up the airport’s vast potential in the heart of Abu Dhabi City. The show attendance follows hard on the heels of the installation of its brand new ILS, Instrument Landing System.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has already invested US million in turning the 50 year-old military airport into a state-of-the-art business airport with an impressive VVIP passenger terminal. A further US0 million has been committed to new hangars, apron enhancements, utilities and runway work. The investment is paying off, says Al Bulooki. Already this year movements are up by 30% over 2009, up to 7,612. By 2014 ADAC is forecasting 11,700 movements at the airport, which can accommodate up to Boeing Business Jet and Airbus A319-sized aircraft. Five to six more jets are scheduled to be added during 2011. Al Bateen is currently home to key Middle Eastern operators Al Jaber Aviation, XO-jet, Prestige Jet and Falcon Aviation with a fleet of 30 business jets and helicopters. It is also the base of the first UAE-based Embraer Lineage 1000, operated by AJA.
“We created a lot of awareness at the recent Grand Prix handling some 100 business aircraft movements over the five day period. We dealt with a variety of aircraft including a Boeing 757 VIP aircraft. Offering free landing and handling charges was definitely a worthwhile investment,” he said.
As Abu Dhabi International Airport gets busier with international scheduled traffic Al Bateen is well placed to handle increasing business aviation traffic. Clients can board their aircraft swiftly by a chauffeur car direct to the steps and there are no delays waiting on the runway to take off behind a bigger scheduled passenger jet. Al Bateen is also the home to the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies, GCAS, a multi-million dollar project with a focus on creating a centre of excellence for airport and aviation education.
The military are still present at Al Bateen but the intention is for them to move out by the end of 2011.